Welcome to my gallery of quilts. I live in Brighton, Michigan. I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.
I hope you enjoy these! Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome. Katie
This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56. It hangs on my sewing room wall. 2004
There are more quilts to view, see sidebar for categories.
I recently purchased a Baby Lock Coronet, which is a mid-arm quilting machine. It looks and works like a long-arm machine, but it is smaller and less expensive. I’m still learning how to use it (there are 9 steps to threading the needle). And positioning and rolling/clamping the quilt sandwich (top, batting, and back) is a bit of a challenge. I’ve almost finished my first art quilt, which I’m proud of, but I know I have a long way to go to master the Coronet. I was actually surprised that the quilting surface was somewhat small, but I’m told it can quilt any bed-sized quilt. Look below to see the two roller bars, clamping system, and handlebars for steering.
My sister used a red quilt for a nice Valentine’s Day vignette in her dining room. Here is her table, and the whole quilt. I loved the look of the circular quilting.
This one is done with mostly ice-dyed fabric, with a sprinkling of commercial prints. It is about 20 X 24 inches.
Today I thought I would feature a quilt that I did in 2009. It is stretched on a square canvas-covered wood frame, which is a good way to display smaller quilts if you can locate or build the right size frame.
I took a class from quilt artist Carol Taylor that year, and she had us doing very thin fabric inserts that wave and flow. I really liked that technique. I had also been doing some stenciling work and had some interesting pink and orange fabrics to use. Then I added to the mix a wonderful silver raw silk fabric. There is minimal quilting on this, just the hand-stitched lines that extend the central pattern into the border. I’m sharing a detail too so you can see that better. (I called it “Etude,” French for “study,” because I thought it needed a fancy name!)
What to do when the skies are grey and the snow is now mostly brown? Get out the pink fabric! Make flowers! Can you see this on the wall in a little girl’s bedroom?
I took some of my ice-dyed fabrics and did quarter circles with them. The fabrics themselves are very interesting, but this combination did not work. !
Too busy/crazy and not enough contrast.
So, I sliced some of the blocks. Just freehand with my rotary cutter. Here’s an example.
Then I found an interesting variegated commercially-printed fabric (rosy red through browns to teal) that went nicely with some of the slices.
You can still see the curves of the original blocks in that. I finally used two of the original blocks that had been sliced. Found a perfect complementary stripey fabric in my fabric collection for the border. Here’s what my final piece looks like. A big improvement. It’s called Firewall.
I did a lot of ice-dyeing this summer and fall. Now, what to do with these wonderful fabrics. I have lots of ideas floating in my head. This quilt, about 45″ square, is one of the first to make it to the finish line.